Ahoy divers! I know that the monsoon is raining on our parade…literally but no worries, the adventure doesn’t stop because we’ve got Pulau Hantu. Sure, it isn’t known for sandy white beaches and the oil refineries doesn’t help either but there’s a reason why divers keep coming back to this Black Pearl. Check them out:
What’s in a name?
Pulau Hantu is literally defined as the Ghost Island or island of the ghosts in Malay translation. Local legend tells us that two fierce warriors locked in a vicious and ceaseless combat. This caused so much bloodshed among the mortals that it angered the jinns or sea spirits at the bottom of the ocean and so they created a whirlpool which sucked the warriors deep into the sea Relentless and blood thirsty, the warriors continued their battle. The sea spirits distracted one of them, allowing the warriors to thrust their swords into each other; rendering them both dead. The gods decreed the jinn shouldn’t interfere with the mortals. To compensate for their deaths, the gods transformed the warriors into islands--Pulau Hantu Kechil (Little Ghost Island) and Pulau Hantu Besar (Bigger Ghost Island). Some say that their spirits still roam the islands.
No more going loco to locations!
Say goodbye to long bus journeys, last minute currency exchange and exhausting travelling time! Located in the southern shores of Singapore, the island of Pulau Hantu can be reached with only a thirty-minute boat ride. Contrariwise, there are no regular ferries to Pulau Hantu. Instead, charter a private boat for your dive trip or connect with the Hantu Bloggers to book a boat. And yes, there’s no need to ask friends for favors to babysit the kids, with the pier located at the West Coast, you’ll be able to get back in time after a great day of diving. What more can you ask for? Oh and get this, you don’t need passports nor visas! Just hop on aboard and go diving!
The Scuba Diving Scene!
Okay so, the island isn’t on top of our heads when we think of a diving site but it’s the closest on yet if you’re itching to put on your wetsuits and explore Neptune’s domain.
With depths around 12 to 18 meters maximum, Pulau Hantu is completely diver-friendly! But beware buddies! The viz on this diving site isn’t completely crystal clear waters. It could be as low as 1 meter, an average of 3 to 8 meters and 10 meters at most.
Are you a noob and are just testing waters? The SSI Open Water Dive course is there to help you start your underwater adventure by giving you the Scuba Diving 101’s. If you’re more of laid back person and just want to have awesome underwater shots, the SSI Recreational Sidemount Diving Specialty program is just for you! Get rewarded with a certification for each course post program completion.
Macro Dreamer’s Haven!
Undeterred by Singapore’s industrialization, the island is rich in marine life! Nudibranchs or slug like creatures of every shape, size and color are scattered across the ocean floor. It doesn’t stop there! You get to swim with brightly coloured reef fish like the butterfly fish and parrotfish. Some divers spotted a rare creatures like the Albino Pipefish, Blue-spotted Stingrays and Crocodile fish camouflaging beneath the sea sand waiting for their next prey. For divers who are into underwater photography, get to feast your eyes on the kaleidoscope of colors as the colorful creatures make the silty covered sea bed come to life
See? The Ghost Island isn’t as forbidding as the name’s rep. Don’t miss the island’s hidden beauty so book your dive now!
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